LANCASTER — Sales of synthetic drugs, often sold as bath salts or incenses, are now illegal in Lancaster after action taken at Monday’s City Council meeting.
In February, Councilman Chris Davis drafted the proposed ordinance to ban the sale of substances designed to mimic the effects of illegal drugs such as marijuana, methamphetamine, opiates and PCP. The ordinance also bans any substance that contains chemicals such as salvia divinorum, methylone, 4-methoxymethcathinone and 3-fluoromethcathinone.
Anyone who uses or sells such substances could be convicted of a misdemeanor, which has penalties of up to a year in jail and/or a $500 fine. The ordinance does not ban legitimate bath salts that include Epsom salt or sea salt as the primary ingredient.
Council members voted 5-0 to accept the ordinance as written. Councilman Jesse Wagoner was not present due to illness and thus did not vote.